Have you ever heard that following Jesus is a marathon, not a sprint?
I used to believe that it was true. . . until I recently read the gospels. Perhaps our “go-go-go” to follow Jesus vibe is more culturally satisfying than it is Biblically faithful.
Here are three observations that may help us return to Jesus’ way of rest and work. One is biblical. Another is physical. The other is practical.
First, throughout the gospels, we see that Jesus rests.
Second, rest is necessary for a whole, healthy life.
Finally, rest is not checking out, but staying engaged in order to work.
Rest doesn’t mean we stay home and nothing happens. It’s not lethargy, recuperation, or a time when we focus on ourselves. No. Rest is active work - but in a different way. It’s active work of doing no work on our own, but letting God do the work for us.
This is the active “work” of resting in Jesus between sprints of worship, serving, loving, working, caring, and living. When we actively engage in rest, we choose to place God in His rightful place and remind ourselves of ours.
When we actively engage in rest, we choose to place God in His rightful place and remind us of ours."
Throughout the month of August, our Sunday Morning Kids Connect has chosen to rest in order to relaunch and bear fruit again starting September 11th. Our leaders are better for it. Our kids grow through it. Our church is strengthened by it. And our neighbors, community, and world are blessed by it.
Meet Pastor Tim
Tim Bayer has served as Our Savior's Lead Pastor since September 2019. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University - Irvine, a National Leadership Facilitator and Resource, and a Community Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tim studied sociology, psychology, and theology prior to earning his M.Div at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has also is a candidate for an Ed.D (ABD) in Transformational Leadership. He is married to Beth and they have three young children. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture, and pizza and movie nights.